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The Welsh Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centre is one of 11 designated spinal centres in the UK. Patients are admitted from south and mid-Wales, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, although priority is given to Welsh patients.
Whilst the centre is currently situated at Rookwood Hospital, it is going to be moved to a new, purpose-built Spinal and Neurological Centre at the University Hospital, Llandough. This is due to open in 2021 and as part of the redevelopment, Horatio’s Garden has been invited to create a new garden for patients.
The project is in collaboration with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, with the cost of the ground and enabling works being covered by Cardiff & Vale Health Charity. The new centre will provide both specialist spinal and neuro-rehabilitation services for patients. It will have an independent living facility for patients preparing to go home. It will have a total of 50 beds.
“I firmly believe that the Garden will bring immense benefit to our patients both physically and psychologically. I am also convinced that our staff, who do such wonderful work to care for their patients, will also gain considerably from the environment that the Garden will provide. We at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board are looking forward with great anticipation to the opening of Horatio’s Garden at Llandough in due course”. – Professor Charles Janczewski, Interim Chair of Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
We hope to launch our Cardiff Appeal in the late summer of this year, with the aim of raising the required £800,000 within a year. The National Garden Scheme have generously committed to fund £150,000 of this cost, whilst Horatio’s Garden will fundraise in a variety of ways for the outstanding amount. At the request of the hospital, the designs and budget for the garden include an area for patients in the neurological rehabilitation ward. There will be no access between the two gardens due to the very different user needs of patients. Cardiff and Vale Health Board have pledged to pay the proportion of the capital costs required for the neurological garden and for the ongoing running costs.
With your support, we hope to begin building the garden in 2020, so that it will open for patients and their loved ones to enjoy by summer 2021.
“When I heard Wales was going to have a purpose-built Horatio’s Garden at Llandough Hospital, something went through me which is hard to explain. I know from my own experience what it meant to be able to go outside to feel the fresh air. To be with your family away from the clinical environment helped no end with my rehabilitation. To have a bespoke garden with all of the small details considered to make it easily accessible for people with low mobility will be tremendous”. – Rhian, previous patient of the Welsh Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Centre
To read more about our capital appeal for Horatio’s Garden Cardiff click the following link: Cardiff Appeal Leaflet
To support the appeal, please donate by clicking the button in the top right hand corner of this page. Alternatively you can donate by post to the registered office address: 2 Throope Down Office, Blandford Road, Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, SP5 4LN, or phone 01722 326834 to donate by credit card.
If you feel you could help us with fundraising, or would like to volunteer, please contact us by emailing email@example.com, or ring 01722 326834.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our sixth Horatio’s Garden so far.
Sarah Price is an award-winning Welsh garden designer who has had a prestigious career. She is renowned for her artistic, naturalistic planting style in such projects as the Olympic Park and a garden at Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery. Sarah will be working to create a beautiful garden sanctuary for patients and will be collaborating with an architect from 6A to create the garden pavilion.
Sarah is currently developing the designs, which we hope to be able to share with you very soon.
The garden will be easily accessible from the spinal injury centre through automatic doors so that patients in hospital beds and wheelchairs can use the space with their friends and family or as a place of sanctuary.
Cloud hedging will create a green threshold that will signal an immediate transition of environment from the ward. Fully wheelchair accessible, flat paths of patterned concrete panels will meander through a gently undulating landscape of diaphanous planting and clear-stemmed shrubs and trees.
A reflective, raised water pool and green oak seating will offer intimate and beautiful places of repose to everyone visiting the garden. Warmth, shelter and opportunities for socialising will be provided by a garden pavilion enabling the garden to be used all year round. The internal space will feel like home and be designed for comfort, flexibility and accessibility with a kitchen area and propagation table both designed for ease of use.
The pavilion will be the hub of growing in the garden and a place for garden therapy. The planting will provide year-round interest and biodiversity. Bird feeders and nesting boxes will encourage wild birds to the garden. There will also be a roof terrace garden very close to the ward especially for high dependency patients to use in their hospital beds.
The charity will take a lease with the NHS Trust for the land and once the garden is open Horatio’s Garden will commit to funding the team required to care for the garden and organise events and activities to offer the gentle side of rehabilitation for patients who spend months in hospital.
Bishop of Llandaff
“It’s wonderful to think that a new Horatio’s Garden will come to Llandough, available to patients from all over Wales who have suffered severe spinal injuries.
A long stay in a clinical environment following life-changing damage can itself be a very tough emotional and spiritual road.
We all know the healing and recuperative power of the outdoors, so to have a beautiful garden easily available is a really important part of their recovery.
Horatio’s Garden is a simply fantastic gift to patients, their families and friends, and to staff and volunteers.”
Previous Lord Lieutenant of Powys
"I am sure that Horatio would be so happy to know that Horatio's Garden Cardiff will bring so much to the lives of all those affected by spinal injury. With the wind, sun, trees, flowers and wildlife, I cannot think of a more healing place to be."
"Gardens really are healing places and for such an important medical facility I am delighted to support the creation of a first class modern garden. I have no doubt that it will be a marvellous place of therapeutic beauty."
Building work for Horatio's Garden Cardiff has not yet begun, but if you would like to know more please ring the office on 01722 326834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.